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Archived: Balloon Tire and Middleweights







MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn traveler posted by: marshall on 12/22/2004 at 3:06:52 AM
purchased what seems to be a 1958 schwinn traveler or so the chain gaurd says, cant find any information on this bike, serial # is 8L8253 any information would be helpful....thanks
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   RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn traveler posted by Kim on 12/22/2004 at 4:50:24 PM
There's tons of info on that bike here.

You'll find pictures in the picture database and lots of discussions in the archives of the vintage lightweight discussion area.


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   RE:RE:MIDDLEWEIGHT:   schwinn traveler posted by Ken on 12/23/2004 at 7:58:42 PM
The Traveler of that era was their top-of-the-line "english" (excuse me, Mr. Brown) "racer" -although available with coaster or S-A 3-speed hub, and later with a Bendix 2-speed kickback option, with the 26x 1 3/8 (ISO 597) S-6 rim, it came standard with fenders and a generator set . Sometimes confusion arises with a 10-speed by the same name from the Japan era (mid-70s).
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   WHO Made It posted by: Mark on 12/16/2004 at 11:29:28 PM
I just purchased a old middleweight bike, The only name on the bike is a headbadge that says HUB on it, There's a few old stickers that says US MAIL on it.It has a big spring Troxel like seat on it, and a rack on the back, It has the skip tooth sprocket on it. From this description,can anyone give me some info on it. THANKS!!!
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AGE / VALUE:   Late 30's 40's Shelby Flying Cloud posted by: Bob on 12/16/2004 at 12:47:19 PM
I just purchased a Shelby Flying Cloud in original condition, all there, (girls) rides great. Does anyone know of a web site where I might find info about age, I beleave it is late 30's, 40's. Any info will appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Bob
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Late 30's 40's Shelby Flying Cloud posted by Kim on 12/16/2004 at 1:11:51 PM
Go to the picture database and look at the Shelbys. They all have dates.

Also go to the "Bicycle Identification Project" section and look at the the Shelbys there.
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BALLOON:   WESTERN FLYER GOLD RUSH SPECIAL posted by: Peter Zobian on 12/10/2004 at 11:52:15 PM
I have a Western Flyer bicycle called a "GOLD RUSH SPECIAL". It is black and electro-plated gold (everything normally chrome is electro-plated gold or copper). On the tank it says Gold Rush Special, and on the chain guard it says Western Flyer in the same type of script. There is a Western Flyer metal ID plate with the serial number 22. What can anybody tell me about this bike? I assume it was made in a limited edition in 1949 (100th anniversary of the 1849 California Gold Rush)but that's a guess. When was it built and how many were made?
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AGE / VALUE:   '40? Ward Hawthorne posted by: Scott on 12/7/2004 at 3:43:20 PM
I'm trying to figure out the vintage of this bike. I think it’s a Comet, but I’m not sure. here's some pix for your viewing pleasure and the only number I’ve found is F64987 on the bottom bracket. If you can help me out, I’d really appreciate it.

TIA, Scott



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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   '40? Ward Hawthorne posted by Scott on 12/7/2004 at 3:54:21 PM
i guess html doesn't work here. here's one pic. e-mail me if you need more. thx


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   '40? Ward Hawthorne posted by marc on 12/8/2004 at 2:00:06 AM
Looks like a 40 or 41 Comet to me. Maybe early post war also but looks like the comet's from 40 and 41 in the Hawthorne/Elgin/Jc Higgins book.
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AGE / VALUE:    1953 Schwinn Speedster posted by: Ryan Maxwell on 12/7/2004 at 4:56:10 AM
I have just received a 1953 Schwinn Speester, I cant seem to track down much information on the sites about this model in that year. I got the year etc, by looking up the serial number. Can any one lend a hand as far as links or information? How aobut value? The fenders are prertty tough but overall the bike sems to be in nice shape it is a goldish color with white striping and lettering.

Thanks,

Ryan Maxwell


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:    1953 Schwinn Speedster posted by Kim on 12/7/2004 at 2:11:42 PM
I've seen middleweight single speed Schwinn Speedsters.
They are pretty stripped down as I recall - no tanl, lights or rack.
The oldest I've seen was a 1958
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:    1953 Schwinn Speedster posted by Rod on 4/26/2005 at 5:55:03 PM
Speaking of Speedsters, I have a later-model from 1974 equipped with a Sturmey-Archer 3-speed rear hub and thumb shifter, as well as front and rear brakes.
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BALLOON:   Western Flyer posted by: Kim on 12/3/2004 at 6:43:01 PM
Hi! I have an opportunity to buy an old Western Flyer bicycle. It has a rocket theme on the side (1950s?) and is turquoise with red handlebars. It has a headlamp on the front, no taillight, and "western flyer" written both on the chain cover and around the rocket decal (which is large and located just behind the handlebars of the bike).

The bike looks like it's in good condition and just needs some cleanup (I'm eyeing that restoration kit on this site!).

Tell me: Is $125 a fair price for this? Forgive my total ignorance of bicycle terms-- I'm buying it because I just love it and want to own it, not because I'm a collector or restorer. Thanks!


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   RE:BALLOON:   Western Flyer posted by gmain on 12/4/2004 at 12:25:29 AM
IF in fact you feel as you do, there can be no greater drive to take it and make it as new, or to go to extremes in customizing or detailing. if your not worried about what its worth versus the neighbors 20 in schwinn, lets do it. as for that restoration kit? sounds like a great deal as well. just dont over restore it, if its got most of its original paint, and can be made shiny and nice mostly, lets look at that original paint for a few more years. should have basic parts common ot lots of years, i am betting it has a real cool sprocket. take pics all along. however one word of advice on the purchase. if this will be your only purchase, fine hand over the cash. But if your about to be stung square in the pants by this infectious hobby, you may wish to practice your bargaining skills, as really, the haggling and swapping these things is most of the fun. Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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   RE:RE:BALLOON: Western Flyer posted by Rif on 12/4/2004 at 4:54:12 PM
very well put!
I would have to concur...
From the pictures it sure does look like it will clean up nicely. It looks as if the paint should really not be messed with, just a good mild soap/water solution and a soft cloth to bathe it and a nice coat of good wax to protect it.
the rims and chainring lok as if a bit of chrome polish would bring back the shine.
The bars may need replacing, but overall she looks pretty decent.
Yes, the batering or haggleing is as much a part of the fun!
Rif
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   RE:BALLOON:   Western Flyer posted by Kim on 12/8/2004 at 7:06:58 PM
thanks, you two! I bought it, and an old Indian Warrior bike as well from the same guy. I actually enjoy the Indian's ride more, so I'll probably tidy this one up a bit and then look to sell it. It's beautiful, but I don't need two bikes!
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AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn racer posted by: Amber on 11/30/2004 at 4:17:13 AM
Hello, I just bought a new schwinn racer and cannot for the life of me find the serial number. I have looked at the entire frame, even underneath. I've looked at websites to see where else it could be but its nowhere. It has off-white painted rims, a checkered sticker on the center post and looks old (lots of rust). Also, are these bike's rare or worth much? I spent a lot of money on it and am hoping it was worth it. Thank you.
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn racer posted by Amber on 11/30/2004 at 4:50:30 AM
Okay, so I found the serial number, but now I can't figure out what year it is; (I'm hopeless). I don't think I got the whole thing but from what I could read it is: L9328 and was on the left rear axle hanger. Thank you all again so much!
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   RE:RE:AGE / VALUE:   Schwinn racer posted by Gordon on 11/30/2004 at 1:41:12 PM
If there are only two missing numbers, it could be a 1956, but if there is a third missing number it is probably a 1958 or later. They made this model well into the 1960's. They don't seem to have a lot of value. I sold an extremely nice original with good paint, new tires, etc. on eBay for $60.
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AGE / VALUE:   JC Higgins circa 1949 Tandem posted by: Mark on 11/27/2004 at 5:49:36 PM
would love Ballpark figures on what the following bike is worth. i can send pics . thanks for any help/hints

mint JC Higgins tandem, black with white pinstripes. i was told when i bought it back in 1989 that the bike was a 1949 model

serial # on front hub
5C1 4599

back hub
49 01247
19 4

tires are All State heavy duty nylon with no dry rot and the nubs still on the side

bike was never used it seems


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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   JC Higgins circa 1949 Tandem posted by joel on 12/2/2004 at 10:31:58 PM
Not many clues there... To my knowlege, Sears didn't make a tandem in 1949. The JCH name went away around 1960.

What size are the tires? What brand of rear hub?
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BALLOON:   HELP ID THIS SCHWINN HUB!!!!!! posted by: JOHNNY on 11/25/2004 at 5:09:03 AM
CAN YOU ID THIS HUB FOR ME PLEASE!!I KNOW THE RIM IS A 26 IN SCHWINN,WHITE WITH 2 BLUE STRIPS,ITS A REAR,I BELIVE IT TO BE SOME TYPE OF KICK BACK,HAS SCHWINN APPROVED STAMPED ON HUB,AND THE COASTER BRAKE ARM HAS MARK IV SCHWINN APPROVED,AND HUB HAS SOME TYPE OF OIL CAP,THE VERY END OF ONE SIDE OF THE AXAL IS SQARED,26 IN,36 HOLES,CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHAT SCHWINN BICYCLE THIS WHEEL MIGHT BE OFF OF???IMN GUESSING FROM THE LOOKS OF IT THAT IT MAY BE FROM THE 50S,REALLY WOULD APPRECIATE IT IF SOME OF YOU GUYS CAN HELP ME WITH THIS ONE,I CAN SEND PICS TO HELP!!
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   RE:BALLOON:   HELP ID THIS SCHWINN HUB!!!!!! posted by gmain on 11/25/2004 at 7:43:06 AM
i am guessing if you clean the center off you will find Fichtel and Sachs written on it
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   RE:BALLOON:   HELP ID THIS SCHWINN HUB!!!!!! posted by gmain on 11/25/2004 at 7:43:20 AM
i am guessing if you clean the center off you will find Fichtel and Sachs written on it
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   RE:BALLOON:   HELP ID THIS SCHWINN HUB!!!!!! posted by gmain on 11/25/2004 at 7:43:23 AM
i am guessing if you clean the center off you will find Fichtel and Sachs written on it
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   RE:BALLOON:   HELP ID THIS SCHWINN HUB!!!!!! posted by johnny on 11/25/2004 at 6:05:29 PM
hello gmain,its fairly clean,ive looked real good and theres nothing but schwinn approved on the hub?can i email you some pictures of it??? thanks
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   RE:BALLOON:   HELP ID THIS SCHWINN HUB!!!!!! posted by Kurt K on 11/27/2004 at 2:30:44 PM
Bendix kick-backs had 3 bands, not two, I believe.

-Kurt
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   RE:BALLOON:   HELP ID THIS SCHWINN HUB!!!!!! posted by sam on 11/29/2004 at 3:18:51 AM
I think the Mark 5 was a Perry hub.--sam
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BALLOON:   HOW OLD? posted by: jon on 11/24/2004 at 9:41:25 PM
hiawatha, headtube badge sn 05 wg6 24 1014 rear entry dropouts with axle tensioners, double top tube, over/under, not side by side. any leads, tips, thanx...jon
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AGE / VALUE:   Wald side wheel reflectors posted by: Max on 11/22/2004 at 8:48:20 PM
hi all
what is the value for 4 original Wald side wheel reflectors?
they are reflectors that you screw on the side of the wheel nuts
they are about 2 inches in diameter and have a red center made of plastic
on what bikes where they used?
and what is the approximate age?
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Wald side wheel reflectors posted by Bobby on 11/24/2004 at 4:01:57 AM
They're called Hub Caps, I have seen them sell for around 50 bucks on e-bay. They were aftermarket and available for any bike.
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AGE / VALUE:   Dayton posted by: Randy on 11/20/2004 at 11:52:40 AM
This is my first time posting on the Balloon tire forum, however; I have contributed to the vintage lightweight forum on many occassions. I have a Dayton bicycle with balloon tires and it is in pretty good condition. As a collector of vintage road bicycles, I have little interest in the Dayton. If anyone has a vintage road bicycle that they would like to trade for my Dayton, please get in touch and perhaps we can strike a deal. My credibility as an honest trader is best defined by my feedback reports on Ebay. Look for "randyjawa" on Ebay, if you are interested. I do not necessarily need a complete bicycle. A good frame would more than suffice, assuming that it is the right frame. I also have a couple of old roadsters that I have no need for. Thanks for the interest and keep the rubber side down!
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   RE:AGE / VALUE:   Dayton posted by Alan on 1/7/2005 at 3:58:10 AM
Interested in hearing more about the Dayton. Boys or Girls? Tank, condition accessories etc. Any pics? Email me at astreamliner@aol.com
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AGE / VALUE:   COLUMBIA 5 STAR SUPREME posted by: STEVE on 11/19/2004 at 11:45:39 PM
I'M TRYING TO DETERMINE A VALUE FOR A NEIGHBOR, WHO HAS A 1950'S COLUMBIA 5 STAR SUPREME LEFTOVER FROM HIS YOUTH. THE BIKE IS COMPLETE, BUT IN NEED OF RESTORATION. IT HAS NEAT FEATURES SUCH AS FRONT DRUM BRAKE, FORK LOCK, AND BRAKE LIGHT.
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MIDDLEWEIGHT:   Jaguar reflector size posted by: Tom on 11/19/2004 at 10:15:36 PM
I need some help. Anyone know the correct size of a rear reflector used on a 1958 Schwinn Jaguar? Bonus question: Is there a small spacer bracket that holds it tight to the fender? Thanks.
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